Ask Kirubi: The fallacy of overnight success

April 7, 2016
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This is something that is not only common with Generation Y but with those among us who are always looking for the easy way out.

The problem with Generation Y is that they seem to want everything quick forgetting that great things take time to mature. Values such as hard work are long forgotten by this Generation and quickly replaced with dreams of overnight success. I agree that there are those who will take a shorter time to become successful, but majority are the products of hard work and sacrifice. We all hunger and desire for a better life but you must understand that this takes time to cultivate.

But how prepared are you for success? What principles do you abide by that will contribute to success? These are some of the things that you need to think about. Opportunities come and go. Failure to prepare for success will only deter your progress. .

Young people, there is no such thing as overnight success. Focus on creating wealth that will sustain your livelihood and create a lasting legacy. Even those who win the jackpot must invest their money for sustainability purposes. If not, then it becomes a total waste because you enjoy the pleasure of spending money that has not been accounted for.

Success accompanied by a lack of preparedness disappears quickly.  Remember, if it’s too easy then it will definitely disappear as fast as it came.

Here are some of the tips that have helped me and continue to help me in the journey of success.

Plan your day. Have a list of tasks that you need to do and give each task a timeline. This will create discipline enabling you to track your progress and achieve as much as you can. Planning your day will also give you time to schedule impromptu meetings or give you some ‘free’ time to do as you please.

Get up early so that you have ample time to go over your current read and get news updates before you go to work

Continuously pursue knowledge. You can never get enough skills or have enough information. The world keeps progressing and you must research and gain the necessary knowledge to keep up with the changing trends. You must constantly re-invent yourself and your business if you want to succeed. A wise man once said, ‘you cannot do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow.’

Work smart. Whatever you do can either bring you closer to your goal or away from it. Do not get caught up in doing little tasks that do not add value to you.  Write down a list of things you need to do and arrange them according to importance or simplicity. This helps you save time and begin with what is familiar to you.

No opportunity goes to waste. Make the best use of every opportunity and prepare well for it. It’s unfortunate that most of us do not even have an elevator pitch and end up wasting opportunities when they meet prominent business people. Remember, it’s your first and probably your last chance to make an impression. Do the best you can.

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